On Saturday 29 August, co-stars Suda Masaki and Komatsu Nana had a 30′ minute online chat with about a hundred fans from the 47 prefectures of Japan. It was their last appearance as a pair to promote Ito. They both thanked the fans for their support and comments as many said they were deeply moved by the film. Then the two thespians answered a few questions from the MC.
Nana Komatsu said she had never talked that much about a role before a release. Director Takahisa Zeze could not attend but a letter he sent was read, he praised his two leads for their human qualities and their involvement in and for the film.
Talking about her co-star, Nana Komatsu said he was both receptive and responsive. The whole event should be available on Toho’s YouTube Chanel from August 31 onwards, in the meantime you can get the original Japanese script from Screen Online.
On Friday 21, Komatsu Nana and Suda Masaki went on stage for a special Ito premiere at the Toho Cinema in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo. Separated by plexiglass panes they entertained the chosen few with co-stars Nana Eikura and Takumi Saito.
[Updated] A live promo event was held today (Tuesday 11) in Tokyo at the Ebisu Garden Hall (south of the Shibuya area). Separated by panes of plexiglass, Director Takahisa Zeze and his two leads talked about Ito bound for a nationwide theatrical release on August 21, Japan.
Director Zeze said he observed Komatsu Nana and Masaki Suda interact and found they got along well in between takes but when it came to playing the scenes they got into something new and he was very pleased they were able to bring that. He added that no special request came from singer songwriter Miyuki Nakajima yet she asked him not to make a sad ending. 🙂
Nana Komatsu helped a lot on the set, trying to get food for the extras especially on one cold day in Hokkaido. Masaki Suda said he and Komatsu had been working together several times and was glad they could work together again. Watching Masaki Suda play and interact with the kid actors, she said he would be a good father.
Referring to the period of emergency and restraint Nana Komatsu said she missed the connection between people, the communication, adding that though things aren’t back to normal she’s happy to open up again.
The two added that things they did on screen in the past were rather intense (spitting, choking each other…) whereas Ito was more like a classic love story.
In 2018, actor Suda Masaki and actress Komatsu Nana became official ambassadors for Niko and, a famous Japanese brand which specializes in interior design, furniture, clothes, food and drinks. On September 6, Niko and released a second short film for their autumn promotional campaign: Kakeru/カケル.
Plot: Takagi (Suda), a manga author, and Haruno, a manga artist argue over the making of their new production. Takagi wants Haruno to work on the characters and design with ink and brush. Will they come to terms?
TV appearances, promo messages from the two leads, sponsoring from Niko and, as the production team continues feeding Twitter with stills from the ‘making of’ and some other new pics, the campaign has entered a new phase with the announcement of a pre-screening special day: viewers will get a chance to watch Ito before its national theatrical on 21/08. (Oricon News)
According to Filmarks recent survey, Ito is the most anticipated movie in August.
This page is bound to be regularly updated throughout August so stay tuned !
Because of the covid-19 pandemic the Japanese film industry underwent a great number of cancellations and postponements. Though Ito should normally hit theaters on August 21, the 4 months delay (initial date was April 24) made it necessary to launch another promo campaign with new material and events.
Consequently and 6 weeks from its new nationwide theatrical release the production provided a new clip, a music video with footage from the film and the making of. The track is a (long) cover version of Miyuki Nakajima’s song performed by Masaki Suda and Huwie Ishizaki.